On the August 15 we recognized VP Day which coincides with the 65th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day). Keep 45 Alive Committee is assisting the Australian War Memorial and the National Library of Australia in creating a living memory of VP Day in 1945.
On August 15, 1945 the then Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley announced: “Fellow citizens, the War is over.” Australia reacted to the news with wild celebrations – right across the nation. Via the RSL, a group of volunteers is working to record memories of that momentous day. While the numbers of people who celebrated VP Day is dwindling, we need to collect and keep their individual stories – their whereabouts, their emotions and their activities of that day in August so long ago. A website has been established (www.keep45alive.org.au <http://www.keep45alive.org.au/> ) as the gateway for the collection of the stories and I’d urge those who remember that day to participate in the preservation of an important day in our nation’s history. VP Day in Australia was the day when, perhaps, the greatest celebration this nation has ever witnessed took place. Let’s not let it be forgotten.